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From his earliest days as a poor child on the island of Nevis to a student at Princeton to the President of the United States, this biography presents the triumphs and struggles of an American legend.
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Grade 5-9-This accurate, but dry account is unlikely to spur any interest or excitement in readers. Still, Rosenburg succeeds in supporting his claim, which bookends the narrative, that Hamilton was one of the most important of America's Founding Fathers. The text covers his illegitimate birth and young years, his role in the American Revolution and at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, his authorship of the Federalist Papers, and his service as the first Secretary of the Treasury. The author touches on his subject's large family (eldest son Philip died in a duel several years before his father); a politically motivated sexual-affair conspiracy; and Hamilton's many enemies, including Aaron Burr. Rosenburg jumps from one event or circumstance to the other without much of a segue. Frequent quotes and segments of letters and speeches are included, but portraits and reproductions appear sparingly and there are no maps to accompany the many explanations of Hamilton's movements throughout the Revolution, or his journey as a young man to the Colonies. Nancy Whitelaw's More Perfect Union: The Story of Alexander Hamilton (Morgan Reynolds, 1997) is a better, more readable choice but Rosenburg's title should be considered a supplementary resource for reports.
Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0761316175
Book Description Millbrook Press, 2000. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761316175